To examine the link between ADHD and gaming, it’s important to understand the disorder and the nuances within ADHD itself. ADHD is an acronym for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and is a chronic condition marked by persistent inattention, hyperactivity, and sometimes impulsivity. ADHD begins in childhood and often lasts into adulthood. As many as 2 out of every 3 children with ADHD continue to have symptoms as adults.
Initially it may not seem worrisome to parents when a child doesn’t want to go to school as missing a single day doesn’t qualify as chronic absenteeism. We all have an occasional day when we’d rather just play hooky. But chronic absenteeism because of school refusal or school avoidance is more than a rare instance of not being in the mood for school. It’s a serious issue and a growing problem across the country, at all grade levels.
Like many other mental health terms, the word “bipolar” has entered the popular lexicon; particularly when we think of “teens with bipolar disorder,” the phrase is frequently misused to describe everything from a moody and unpredictable adolescent to rapidly changing weather conditions. This contributes to a lack of understanding and empathy for individuals who struggle with bipolar disorder, causing both heartache and sometimes shame for them and their families.
As a provider of mental health services in schools, Effective School Solutions’ clinicians see firsthand the challenges students face on a daily basis (listen to our recent podcast to learn more). Students are juggling more responsibilities and commitments than ever and the pressure to succeed is never ending, resulting in an increase in mental health issues. Numerous studies have confirmed the uptick.
At a juncture in almost every student’s life, typically during the middle school years, the topic of “mentorship” will come to the forefront. Mentorship plays a pivotal role in the academic realm of the Guidance office, on the field for athletics, or in the confines of a practice room for musicians. Youth mentor programs have been shown to have significant positive effects on the mental well-being of students.
Despite considerable handwringing about the fate of technology-obsessed young people, it is important to recognize that the picture is more nuanced. Yes, there are risks, but there is also considerable evidence that there are many positive aspects to social media usage, and that it is possible to help teens learn how to maximize its benefits while optimizing safety and managing its risks.
Among all the profound transitions in childhood—ranging from the shift from baby to toddler, toddler to preschool, preschool to kindergarten, and kindergarten to elementary school—one transition stands out as particularly influential on a child’s life: the pivotal leap from elementary school to middle school.
As we strive for a society that embraces diversity and celebrates individuality, it is crucial to ensure that schools become nurturing and supportive places for all students, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. In this article, we will delve into practical approaches that educators, administrators, and students can adopt to foster acceptance, understanding, and respect for LGBTQ+ individuals. By implementing these strategies, we can work together to build a more inclusive educational landscape where every student feels valued, seen, and empowered to thrive.